Free, day-long Dublin Maker festival returns to Merrion Square on 22 July

19 Jul 2017

Image: Bríd O'Donovan/Dublin Maker

It’s that time of year again as Dublin Maker returns to Merrion Square with a free festival for people of all ages to design, build and code their own creations.

For anyone who popped along to Inspirefest 2017’s Family Fringe event earlier this month, the name Dublin Maker will be familiar, as the organisation offered its time and resources to help kids let their creativity run wild.

Now, Dublin Maker is returning with its own annual event at Merrion Square for a free, day-long festival on 22 July for anyone who might want to tinker with and build their very own creations, or see how robots are made, instruments are created and beer gets brewed.

Future Human

This marks the sixth year of the event, with last year’s one going down a storm with attendees, hosting a new ‘hackerspace’ and demonstration stage for the first time.

The event also gives people the chance to speak to makers who have created everything from rocket launchers to film props.

Aside from just asking questions, attendees will also be able to play with their advanced prototypes.

For those who might be looking for a break from building or designing, Dublin Maker will be offering a food area and chill-out zone as well.

Dublin Maker scene

Image: Bríd O’Donovan/Dublin Maker

No need to book

“We invite all to come meet the makers and start to make with us, young and old,” Dublin Maker said.

“There are plenty of hands-on workshops and live demos that will have you rolling up your sleeves and widening your eyes. Dublin Maker’s mission is to entertain, inform and connect the makers of Ireland, while inspiring the next generation of Ireland’s makers and inventors.”

This year’s event has been a few months in the making, with the organisers issuing a call for applications for showcase ideas last March.

Some of the ideas suggested include 3D printers and CNC mills, electric vehicles, and unusual tools and machines.

For those interested in going, there is no booking required – attendees are able to come and go as they please.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic